Italian
We’re in Umbria where you can’t see the sea but where hills, protected areas, beautiful villages perched on promontories... surely don’t lack! It is the year 1926 and it’s an autumn full of news for this area in central Italy: the Spoleto – Norcia railway line, with narrow-gauge and electric traction, is ready to start its short story in the overview of the Italian railways now almost forgotten!
The route of the Valsugana Cycle Path stretches for about 80 km between the Trentino and Veneto region; from Pergine Valsugana, a few bike rides from Lake Caldonazzo, you get to Bassano del Grappa, in the province of Vicenza, after covering all the valley. This cycle path stretches almost entirely in the plains and right for this reason is a cycle-tourism route also suitable for families with children, in addition the Valsugana valley is entirely crossed by the railway line and regional trains can be a comfy alternative to cycling in case of tiredness or to go back to the starting point.
Every time we plan a bicycle tour, before packing the bike and fill the bags there is a time frame in which we think of everything that we must do before leaving. The steps seem to be too many and sometimes we believe of being overwhelmed. But after all the only thing that goes really made it a great breath with which to relax and concentrate on what is really needed. Ok, you made your breath? Perfect! we can now go and think about what you will actually do for starting serene and enjoy the ride! Yes, I know, I started writing diecendo that we will then leave, but we assume that you are about to do so.
Lake Iseo, also known as Sebino, is one of the Lombardy basins. Divided between the province of Bergamo and that of Brescia, it is still unknown to mass tourism and this is also the reason why is excellently appropriate for practicing cycle-tourism. The tour of Lake Iseo can start by any villages on its banks, but for convenience we will start it from Riva di Solto, on the Bergamo bank, where you can park your car and enjoy an ice-cream on your way back to celebrate the venture.
The tour of Lake Iseo runs through the whole circumnavigation of the Lombardy lake in 66 km of cycle paths and mixed secondary roads that during sunny weekends and high tourist season can be averagely busy.
I don’t know if you have ever experienced a travel by bicycle in a foreign country and, to reach it, you had to embark your faithful companion on a plane. Now this situation has happened to me several times, but it has always been the most irksome task to complete during our cycling travels. After many attempts I think I've reached a good "technique" so to be able to complete the packaging and manage to transport my bicycle on a airplane without spending my travel being obsessed with the idea of seeing my vehicle destroyed once arrived at the airport.
The evolution of transports, the revolution of rubber and the resulting abandon of the railway lines, over the years has led to a transformation: some abandoned railways have been rehabilitated becoming paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Also in Italy this small change has had important results in the development and diffusion of cycling tourism: where there is a secure path for bicycles the curious and the travelers arrive and induced tourism grows... 
How does it feel like to travel 3,200 km by bicycle through the Andes starting from Nazca, the town made famous by the lines traced on the ground in pre-Inca times, and reaching Salta, also known with the nickname “la Linda” (the beautiful)?
It feels like the sweet taste of a steaming coca mate at 4,000 meters, it feels like the intense flavor of the dirty, sandy and stony roads of Bolivia, it feels like the harsh taste of the traits of the Andean campesinos, ageless and with sunburned skin, it feels like a taste that leaves you breathless, like the climbs to reach the plateau and the passes that almost arrive at an altitude of 5,000 meters.
The choice of bike for exploring the surrounding areas of Venice gives us the opportunity to really get to know its magic, its unique landscapes and the Venetian hospitality, offering a very wide range of itineraries, tours and accommodation. Here is what we believe is one of the most striking.
I have to start by saying the saddle position, both on a mountain bike and on a road bike, is a serious matter that should be carefully considered especially by those who spend many hours in the saddle of their bikes. So there are many specialists who – through appropriate bio-mechanical analysis – can evaluate the best posture and also design a perfect bicycle fitted to your needs. Having said this, there are a lot of cyclists who maybe have just approached the mountain biking or who runs just a few hundred kilometers a year and then are not going to spend exorbitant sums to adjust their position in the saddle.
This brief article is addressed to this kind of passionate cyclist and tries to sum up briefly the steps to better adjust your seat in the saddle and avoid some boring consequences such as backaches, stiff neck, muscle pain every time you saddle up.
Seeing so many requests for tips about buying a touring bicycle we have received this summer, I decided to make a brief (and not exhaustive) online search to figure out which touring bicycles are more popular on the market and which make bike travelers more satisfied. Following I will recommend you 5 models that seem to give satisfaction to their owners. Personally, I have always traveled with a MTB by choice and even from necessity and in the last bike trips, in Norway, in North-Eastern Italy and during our ten months in South-East Asia we have ridden a Viner VR 5.5.
I had never done a bicycle trip before this one, but I have always been fascinated by those brave bikers I occasionally meet on the road, with their huge bags on both sides of the bicycle, their worn clothes and a little flag indicating their native country. For me they are the most significant image of freedom. I have always admired and respected them. So I had a dream in mind for many years, a solo bicycle tour. The itinerary choice has not been difficult: the classical Way of st. James by bicycle was everything I was looking for, and even more.
During the organization of a bike trip, I often ask myself if it worth to buy a bike trailer and fix it behind my bicycle to carry my luggage or if I had to keep using my bike bags, with which I have done my previous trips. In this short article I'll try to explore these two alternatives, itemizing pros and cons, trying to help you bike travelers choosing one of the two solutions.
This is the first time that I interviewed a cycle traveler in english. It's an experiment but I hope it could be the first of a long series.
Frank is a dutch bike traveler. He started to travel around world with his bike in 1971 and from that year Frank explored many countries in all continents. Here you can read his story...
1600 kilometers travelling by bike from the Anglo-Saxon territories to the capital city of Italy, the Via Francigena is the itinerary that the Archbishop Sigeric traveled in 990 to reach Rome after leaving from Canterbury 79 days before. Sigeric described in detail his long pilgrimage in his own diary and thanks to his precious testimony nowadays it is still possible to follow, at least in part, the ancient Via Francigena by bicycle, together with the thousands of pilgrimscycling travelers and wayfarers every year.
Short white hair, clear look, piercing eyes, Dervla Murphy is a Irish woman, nearly 82 years old and she's made so many bicycle trips... often from home, from his green Ireland. She grew up in Dublin, she spent his childhood studying in a convent school and then start taking care of her sick mother. Up to 30 years Dervla lived with his mother taking care of her, and sometimes devoting to short bicycle trips on the continent, but then something changed quickly...
1200 km of asphalt between the highest mountains of the world, the Karakoram Highway is one of the most dreamed by travelers... on foot, by bicycle, by motorcycle, hitchhiking! From Pakistan to China, we'll try to travel on Karakoram Highway, which, since 1978, when it was finished, tells the story of hundreds of workers who lost their lives during the construction and the story of countless travelers that walked, and still walk along it in all seasons and by any transport.
In our ten months of bicycle touring in southeast of Asia we had the good fortune to meet many fellow travelers along our route and spend time with some of them amusing and entertaining. Among them are Eva and Mike, two Germans, cyclo-travelers  who visited eight countries in nine months cycling southeast of Asia. Here is a brief interview in which they tell us their stories ...
The Parenzana rail was an old narrow gauge railway that connected the city of Trieste to Buje and Poreč, Parenzo in Italian (whence the name Parenzana!). Built by the Austrian-Hungarians in 1902, it was the longest narrow gauge railway on the 760 mm. Ruins of the railway are still visible today and one of the most interesting tourist activity in the area is walking through the track (entirely or partially) by bike!
My first solitary cycling journey could not be made except by a special occasion and it was my graduation. The program was, to say the least, approximate since on a Friday afternoon I made to think about the journey (to be achieved in one week, not to far from home, cheap and in a country where the temperature was acceptable in February) and on Sunday I started. Initially the idea was to ride along a stretch of the Danube cycling path: close to "mine" Trentino but certainly far from "hot" I was looking for... discarded! Another idea: Camargue and the south coast of France to Barcelona (where I went to visit an aunt): too far... is not feasible! That's why i choosed to ride Corsica by bicycle.
The memories, like photographs, are a bit faded by the time, so I apologize if the description of the raid is not very detailed. What remained in my mind disinclined archiving (the memory has already begun to betray me even though I am still very young ... and considering this i'm a bit worried!) Is certainly the variety of the Tuscan landscape, as well as excellent food eaten in the farm where we were guests. The trip, this time carried out together with friends Alexander and Nicholas, started from the capital region: Florence. After a brief visit to the beautiful city of art, we started from Piazzale Michelangelo to Umbria. After tapping countries of Bibbiena, Monterchi, Anghiari, Gubbio, climbed Mount Pratomagno and visited the shrine of Chiusi della Verna, we reached our destination: Assisi.
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